NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:32:37 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 1, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-01 2013-12-01 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/birding Date: December 1, 2013

The Urban Park Rangers offer birding programs throughout the year and the Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.

Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary (in Riverside Park)

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M071 Riverside Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 10:00 am 40.8104, -73.9658 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 1, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-01 2013-12-01 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 1, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-01 2013-12-01 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[BIG!Compost and Bellerose Community Composters Workday]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/bigcompost-and-bellerose-community-composters-workday http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/bigcompost-and-bellerose-community-composters-workday Date: December 1, 2013

Ever wonder what happens to the food scraps collected at Greenmarket drop-off sites? Join QBG staff to learn the art and science of community-based composting.

Together, we'll mix up a new batch of compost with 10, 000 pounds of food scraps.

Snacks will be provided but please bring lunch.

Email Melissa Young from Bellerose Community Composters to signup: young.melissa7@gmail.com.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 539-5296

Location: Queens County Farm Museum

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2013-12-01 2013-12-01 10:30 am 2:30 pm 40.7472, -73.7201 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike (light)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/nature-exploration-hike-light http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/nature-exploration-hike-light Date: December 1, 2013

Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.

Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Canarsie Park

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B018 Canarsie Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 11:00 am 40.628, -73.8943 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Photography: Winter Landscapes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/nature-photography-winter-landscapes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/nature-photography-winter-landscapes Date: December 1, 2013

The beauty of nature has inspired many great Americans to create artistic masterpieces. From the wildlife portraits of John James Audubon to the stunning black and white photography of Ansel Adams, nature has been a muse to artist for centuries.

Urban Park Ranger Art and Photography programs allow you to interpret the natural would through artistic expression, while learning about nature and the environment.

All Photography programs are for digital cameras and you must provide your own camera, DSLR preferred, but all cameras are welcome.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)

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Q162 Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 11:00 am 40.5908, -73.768 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Nature Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/family-nature-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/family-nature-crafts Date: December 1, 2013

While nearly all of our programs are family friendly, the programs highlighted here are specifically designed for young children and families. Whether enjoying a family friendly beach exploration, freeing your imagination playing in nature, or learning about conservation through eco-crafts, a free Ranger program is the perfect addition to your family’s weekend. All supplies provided.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park)

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 11:00 am 40.5309, -74.1778 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Juried Holiday Art & Craft Fair]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/annual-juried-holiday-art-craft-fair http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/annual-juried-holiday-art-craft-fair Date: December 1, 2013

The fair features a curated group of local vendors offering high quality one of a kind hand-made items. The requirements are that the items must be made by the seller. This will give visitors the opportunity to meet the artist behind the goods. These fine artists and craftspeople will be offering homegrown herb and spice blends, crochet apparel and accessories, children's toys and stuffed animals, fine art, greeting cards, hand-made soap, stone and sterling silver jewelry, one of a kind jewelry derived from vintage pieces, scarves, and more. There will also be various raffles and refreshments for sale. Help us support local businesses and keep your money in our neighborhood. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, email sara@aliceausten.org for an application.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506 x10

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/526816d439e50.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 1, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Reflecting on Reflections Quilt Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 Date: December 1, 2013

See the best quilts of NYC at this annual exhibit.

This year’s exhibit features 23 eclectic quilts on loan from a group show that was curated by The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Members of the Guild used the theme of “reflections” to inspire their original creations, which range from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

In partnership with Lefferts Historic House and the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: December 1, 2013

Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.

Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: William Tecumseh Sherman Statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7646, -73.9731 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/garden-walking-tour-in-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/garden-walking-tour-in-fort-tryon-park Date: December 1, 2013

Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons." Take a walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park. Discover which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Learn about the gardens' history, future, and secrets from a member of Fort Tryon's expert horticulture staff.

These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park's many steep paths.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.8606, -73.9338 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Wilderness Survival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/wilderness-survival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/wilderness-survival Date: December 1, 2013

Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods, or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you.

The Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness. At these fun, family-friendly programs you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world.

Wilderness survival programs take place in the fall and winter. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Wilderness survival programs feature hands-on activities in an outdoor setting.

Please dress appropriately for cold weather.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 1:00 pm 40.8516, -73.8266 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Under the Spotlight Microscope Investigations: Conifers and Cones]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/under-the-spotlight-microscope-investigations-conifers-and-cones http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/under-the-spotlight-microscope-investigations-conifers-and-cones Date: December 1, 2013

Take a short walk through the forest search for pine, spruce, and other trees and shrubs that are still green, and collect interesting samples to examine. Then we will return to the Education Building to view needles and cones under new microscopes, and other lab equipment sponsored by the Northfield Foundation. Cool patterns and interesting intricacies will reveal themselves to us. This program is designed for ages 8 and up and is sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio. Meet at the Nevada Avenue entrance to High Rock Park. Registration required.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5838, -74.1233 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/524338efe4363.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House: 2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: December 1, 2013

View significant artifacts from 19th-century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom.

Also view a new exhibit about the Lefferts family genealogy. The exhibit features a family tree and rare objects from the museum collection that tell the story of notable Lefferts family members.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813c9917fe1.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Winter on a Flatbush Farm]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/winter-on-a-flatbush-farm http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/winter-on-a-flatbush-farm Date: December 1, 2013

Get ready for winter as they did in the 19th-century farming village of Flatbush.

Learn how to make a patchwork quilt, watch a master spinster spin wool thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made at our outdoor hearth from a Lefferts family recipe.

St. Nicholas will visit at 3 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813fae17e1e.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Menorah Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/annual-menorah-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/01/annual-menorah-lighting Date: December 1, 2013

Celebrate the lighting of Brooklyn's largest menorah!

Join Rabbi Shimon Hecht, community leaders, philanthropists and special guests, in lighting the 32-foot-tall menorah, which has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1985.

Enjoy hot latkes and live music each night. Special gifts are distributed to every child.

Lighting schedule

1st Night of Chanukah, Wednesday, November 27 at 6:00 pm

2nd Night of Chanukah, Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 pm

3rd Night Of Chanukah, Friday, November 29 at 3:30 pm

4th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

5th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 pm

6th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 2, at 6:00 pm

7th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm

8th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-12-01 2013-12-01 6:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 2, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 2, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-02 2013-12-02 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 2, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 2, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 2, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Ragin' Stations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations Date: December 2, 2013

Join us for Ragin’ Stations, a free fitness class which focuses on core movements, strength and cardio training. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Mcdonald Playground (in McDonald Playground)

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B244 McDonald Playground 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6006, -73.972 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/central-park-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/central-park-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 2, 2013

Explore the Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.

Route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[DigitalWork NYC Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/digitalwork-nyc-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/digitalwork-nyc-open-house Date: December 2, 2013

Want to become certified in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Microsoft Office? Stand out when you're applying for jobs or gain a new skill for free.

DigitalWork NYC is open to 100 people ages 16-26 who are unemployed and out of school. Participants also receive free employment and educational placement help.

The next sessions begin December 9 across the city, so don't miss out!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3066, ext. 318

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Girls Fitness & Fun]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun1 Date: December 2, 2013

In partnership with the NYC Girls Project, Shape Up NYC will offer free fitness classes for girls ages 6-13. Girls Fitness & Fun is a 45-minute workout that focuses on building strong, healthy bodies through fitness games and Pilates stretches.

A free youth recreation center membership is required to participate.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 4:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3304

Location: Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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B126 Red Hook Recreation Area 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 4:00 pm 4:45 pm 40.6724, -74.004 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/winters-eve-at-lincoln-square http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/winters-eve-at-lincoln-square Date: December 2, 2013

Join Tony Award-winning, Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone.

There will be over 20 live, free performances featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet, world renowned DJ David Chang at the Winter’s Eve TD Bank Dance Party, GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups at Kids’ Central, and Big Apple Circus, Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ice Sculpting at Time Warner Center, and that’s not all!

Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Dante Park

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M020 Dante Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 5:30 pm 9:00 pm 40.7718, -73.9826 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Menorah Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/annual-menorah-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/annual-menorah-lighting Date: December 2, 2013

Celebrate the lighting of Brooklyn's largest menorah!

Join Rabbi Shimon Hecht, community leaders, philanthropists and special guests, in lighting the 32-foot-tall menorah, which has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1985.

Enjoy hot latkes and live music each night. Special gifts are distributed to every child.

Lighting schedule

1st Night of Chanukah, Wednesday, November 27 at 6:00 pm

2nd Night of Chanukah, Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 pm

3rd Night Of Chanukah, Friday, November 29 at 3:30 pm

4th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

5th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 pm

6th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 2, at 6:00 pm

7th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm

8th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 6:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Christmas Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/annual-christmas-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/annual-christmas-tree-lighting Date: December 2, 2013

Join Council Member Ruben Wills and The Baisley Pond Park Coalition for the park's annual Christmas tree lighting.

Enjoy caroling, music and refreshments.

Bring the family!

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 659-8202

Location: Baisley Pond Park

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Q005 Baisley Pond Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.6779, -73.7857 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/02/tree-lighting Date: December 2, 2013

Join the Shore Road Parks Conservancy and the Owl's Head Park Horticulture Group for the lighting of the Owl's Head Park tree.

There will be music and giveaways for the entire family, plus a chance to visit with Santa.

Feel free to bring an ornament for the tree. Sing-along with the Guild for Exceptional Children Choir.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Owl's Head Park

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B066 Owl's Head Park 2013-12-02 2013-12-02 6:30 pm 8:00 pm 40.6401, -74.0324 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 3, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 3, 2013

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Rain and weather / air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. After years of being a gym rat, I've seen the light, so to speak. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 3, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-03 2013-12-03 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 3, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 3, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 3, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 3, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 3, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market Reopens]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/columbus-circle-holiday-market-reopens http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/columbus-circle-holiday-market-reopens Date: December 3, 2013

Union Square's sister market is back!

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market will open from Tuesday, December 3rd until Tuesday, December 24th; market hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on December 24th.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Jewelry Making Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/jewelry-making-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/jewelry-making-workshop Date: December 3, 2013

Learn basics of elegant jewelry making for adults.

Participants must bring their own materials, including a beading board, bead box, round nose plyer, chain nose plyer, side cutter, light spring cutter, eye pins: 1" & 1 1/2" metal, head pins 1" & 1 1/2" metal, Lobster Claw or spring rings, fish hook earring wires or lever backs, jump rings round soldered rings, and pearl beads: glass or plastic 4mm, 6mm, 8mm.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 3, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 3, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[DigitalWork NYC Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/digitalwork-nyc-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/digitalwork-nyc-open-house Date: December 3, 2013

Want to become certified in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Microsoft Office? Stand out when you're applying for jobs or gain a new skill for free.

DigitalWork NYC is open to 100 people ages 16-26 who are unemployed and out of school. Participants also receive free employment and educational placement help.

The next sessions begin December 9 across the city, so don't miss out!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3066, ext. 318

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Knit & Crochet Beginner's Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/knit-crochet-beginners-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/knit-crochet-beginners-group Date: December 3, 2013

All participants will learn how to purchase yarn, needles & hooks, read directions and make a 4"x4" square to measure tension to be able to finish a pot holder or scarf. Knitters will learn how to cast on and how to knit or purl. Crocheters will learn to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

Supplies:

Participants should bring a 7oz skein of light colored worsted weight yarn. No multi-colored, nor dark colored yarns. Knitters should purchase #8 needles, crocheters should purchase an "H" hook.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Knitting & Crocheting for Intermediate and Advanced Levels]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/knitcroxchet-intermediate-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/knitcroxchet-intermediate-group Date: December 3, 2013

Knit: Participants will create a small reversible knit project using two different colors. Materials: 1 (7oz) skein each of color A & color B in Worsted weight yarn, #6 knitting needles.

Crochet: Participants will make a reversible crochet project using two different colored yarns. Materials: Worsted weight yarn, crochet hook letter H. 1 (7oz.) skein each of Color A & Color B.

Must be able to read and follow patterns.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 3:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 2:30 pm 3:30 am 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[7th Annual Community Chanukah Celebration: Bright Lights Big Menorah]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/7th-annual-community-chanukah-celebration-bright-lights-big-menorah http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/7th-annual-community-chanukah-celebration-bright-lights-big-menorah Date: December 3, 2013

Join the Chabad at Beekman-Sutton and The Sutton Area Community Association for the lighting of the Sutton Place Menorah.

Enjoy latkes, doughnuts, music and dancing, as well as a performance by Chabad Kids Choir.

There will be arts and crafts, face painting and more for kids.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 758-3770

Location: Sutton Place and East 57th Street (in Sutton Place Park)

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M108R Sutton Place Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 4:00 pm 40.7554, -73.962 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Menorah Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/annual-menorah-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/annual-menorah-lighting Date: December 3, 2013

Celebrate the lighting of Brooklyn's largest menorah!

Join Rabbi Shimon Hecht, community leaders, philanthropists and special guests, in lighting the 32-foot-tall menorah, which has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1985.

Enjoy hot latkes and live music each night. Special gifts are distributed to every child.

Lighting schedule

1st Night of Chanukah, Wednesday, November 27 at 6:00 pm

2nd Night of Chanukah, Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 pm

3rd Night Of Chanukah, Friday, November 29 at 3:30 pm

4th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

5th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 pm

6th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 2, at 6:00 pm

7th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm

8th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 6:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: The Tree Lighting Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/bryant-park-the-tree-lighting-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/bryant-park-the-tree-lighting-show Date: December 3, 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Join us for the 8th annual Tree Lighting Show at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, hosted by 106.7 Lite FM's Bob Bronson and Christine Nagy.

There will be musical performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Young People's Chorus of New York, the Loston Harris Trio, and Carly Rose Sonenclar. There will be skating performances by Johnny Weir, Sasha Cohen, and The Haydenettes. Mariano Rivera will make a special appearance.

The park's 50-foot Norway Spruce will be decorated in over 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments in wintry silver, pearly white, and iridescent red and blue.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: The Rink at Winter Village (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 6:00 pm 40.7535, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/03/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 3, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-03 2013-12-03 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 4, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 4, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-04 2013-12-04 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 4, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 4, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-04 2013-12-04 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 4, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-04 2013-12-04 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 4, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 4, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 4, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 4, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: F.I.S.T.]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/shape-up-nyc-fist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/shape-up-nyc-fist Date: December 4, 2013

This Fitness Interval & Strength Training (F.I.S.T.) class is a full body workout that focuses on core movements, strength and cardio training. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Mcdonald Playground (in McDonald Playground)

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B244 McDonald Playground 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6006, -73.972 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[DigitalWork NYC Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/digitalwork-nyc-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/digitalwork-nyc-open-house Date: December 4, 2013

Want to become certified in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Microsoft Office? Stand out when you're applying for jobs or gain a new skill for free.

DigitalWork NYC is open to 100 people ages 16-26 who are unemployed and out of school. Participants also receive free employment and educational placement help.

The next sessions begin December 9 across the city, so don't miss out!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3066, ext. 318

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Paper Arts & Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/paper-arts-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/paper-arts-crafts Date: December 4, 2013

Participants of all ages have fun creating paper arts and crafts using multiple mediums.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Exhibition Opening: Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/exhibition-opening-wreath-interpretations7 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/exhibition-opening-wreath-interpretations7 Date: December 4, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5d0a64365.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Menorah Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/annual-menorah-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/annual-menorah-lighting Date: December 4, 2013

Celebrate the lighting of Brooklyn's largest menorah!

Join Rabbi Shimon Hecht, community leaders, philanthropists and special guests, in lighting the 32-foot-tall menorah, which has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1985.

Enjoy hot latkes and live music each night. Special gifts are distributed to every child.

Lighting schedule

1st Night of Chanukah, Wednesday, November 27 at 6:00 pm

2nd Night of Chanukah, Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 pm

3rd Night Of Chanukah, Friday, November 29 at 3:30 pm

4th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

5th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 pm

6th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 2, at 6:00 pm

7th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm

8th Night Of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 6:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shore Road Park Christmas Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/shore-road-park-christmas-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/shore-road-park-christmas-tree-lighting Date: December 4, 2013

Celebrate the holiday season at Shore Road Park Conservancy's annual tree lighting.

Enjoy musical selections by Mary Carmosino, Xaverian High School Chorus and Pep Band, and the chorus and guitarists from The Guild for Exceptional Children.

Bring your cameras for photo ops with Santa! Santa always stops by to visit with the children and hand out gifts.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

This year, honoree Lieutenant Colonel Lee C. Anderson will light the tree.

Rain date is December 5.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: 90th Street and Shore Road (in Shore Park and Parkway)

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B082 Shore Park and Parkway 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 6:30 pm 40.6223, -74.0403 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/04/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 4, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-04 2013-12-04 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 5, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 5, 2013

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Rain and weather / air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. After years of being a gym rat, I've seen the light, so to speak. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 5, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-05 2013-12-05 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 5, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Invasive Vine Removal at Highbridge Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/highbridge-park-invasive-vine-removal http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/highbridge-park-invasive-vine-removal Date: December 5, 2013

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Highbridge Park to help remove invasive exotic vegetation from the forest. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.

Please meet your NAV Tech Lead on the corner of West 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue.

Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3317

Location: West 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park)

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M037 Highbridge Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8301, -73.94 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/wreath-interpretations Date: December 5, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Stretching, Toning, and Relaxation at the Poe Visitor Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/craniosacral-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/craniosacral-relaxation Date: December 5, 2013

The relaxation technique, somewhat like yoga, makes you feel as though you are floating on water.

You may experience yourself drifting in and out of sleep during the gentle and quiet sessions. You will gain a deeper sense of well-being and relaxation, with a better understanding of your body and how it feels. If you suffer migraines or back or neck pain, the instructor will advice you on the specific technique to alleviate the area of concern.

Mats and materials are provided. Come in loose and comfortable pants and clothing. Most people remove their shoes.

Get ready to have an amazing experience. This is a very popular class.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 5, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-05 2013-12-05 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 5, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-05 2013-12-05 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 5, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 5, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Total Body Workout]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/shape-up-nyc-total-body-workout http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/shape-up-nyc-total-body-workout Date: December 5, 2013

Class will provide a total body workout, with strengthening exercises and light weight lifting. Most of the class is done seated, with modifications available for the standing portion. The center is wheelchair accessible.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3657

Location: St. James Recreation Center (in St. James Park)

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X044 St. James Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8647, -73.8992 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 5, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 5, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Cardio, Toning, and Stretching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/shape-up-nyc-cardio-toning-and-stretching http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/shape-up-nyc-cardio-toning-and-stretching Date: December 5, 2013

This medium intensity class will boost your energy levels, improve your health, and get your heart pumping.

Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. No equipment needed other than supportive sneakers.

Event is subject to change.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5277fbf99dc4d.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: "The Art of Tibetan Medicine: Bodies in Balance"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/arts-culture-fun-presents-the-rubin-museum-of-art-at-chelsea-recreation-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/arts-culture-fun-presents-the-rubin-museum-of-art-at-chelsea-recreation-center Date: December 5, 2013

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art.

In honor of its tenth anniversary, the Museum will present the exhibition The Art of Tibetan Medicine: Bodies In Balance opening in March 2014. Rubin Museum Education Director Bill Appleton will introduce the Museum’s collection and exhibitions in a free, interactive workshop.

Please RSVP since space is limited. RSVP to artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3705

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[DigitalWork NYC Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/digitalwork-nyc-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/digitalwork-nyc-open-house Date: December 5, 2013

Want to become certified in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Microsoft Office? Stand out when you're applying for jobs or gain a new skill for free.

DigitalWork NYC is open to 100 people ages 16-26 who are unemployed and out of school. Participants also receive free employment and educational placement help.

The next sessions begin December 9 across the city, so don't miss out!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3066, ext. 318

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Blooming Naturalist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/blooming-naturalist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/blooming-naturalist Date: December 5, 2013

Are you a blooming naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by making your own nature journal and learning how to use binoculars and field guides.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5278003fef882.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature on the Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/nature-on-the-go Date: December 5, 2013

A guided tour will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about nature that is all around us!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/animal-encounter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/animal-encounter Date: December 5, 2013

Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528133ed8869a.png Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Poetry Jam]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/poetry-jam http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/poetry-jam Date: December 5, 2013

Showcase your lyrical and creative skills to the community!

This is an event for youth ages 12-21 to perfom their poetry. All are welcome to attend and support our young poets.

Recreation center membership is required in order to perform.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 520-5919

Location: Roy Wilkins Recreation Center

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Q448 Roy Wilkins Recreation Center 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 4:00 pm 40.6881, -73.7701 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[2013 Jackson Square Holiday Celebration and Fundraising Party]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/2013-jackson-square-holiday-celebration-and-fundraising-party http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/2013-jackson-square-holiday-celebration-and-fundraising-party Date: December 5, 2013

Join the Jackson Square Alliance for the holiday tree lighting ceremony, followed by a fundraising party at 6:30 p.m.

The ceremony will feature the P.S. 41 Songbirds Choir and the Integral Yoga Institute.

Refreshments provided by local merchants will be served.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Jackson Square

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M044 Jackson Square 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 4:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.739, -74.0029 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Westchester Square Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/westchester-square-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/westchester-square-tree-lighting Date: December 5, 2013

Join the Westchester Square Business Improvement District and members of the community for the lighting of the holiday tree.

There will be hot chocolate, cookies, music and treats for the first 50 kids.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Owen F. Dolen Park

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X016 Owen F. Dolen Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 4:30 pm 5:30 pm 40.8406, -73.8428 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Lighting in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/holiday-lighting-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/holiday-lighting-in-central-park Date: December 5, 2013

Celebrate the season at our 17th annual Holiday Lighting in northern Central Park.

Watch the live carving of holiday ice sculptures by Okamoto Studio, sing carols on the Plaza, take your photo with Santa (bring your own camera), and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies!

Event culminates with the lighting of the Dana Discovery Center, and a flotilla of 17 trees on the Harlem Meer.

Families only; no groups, please. Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza. Stroller parking will be provided.

The event, organized by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, is made possible by our founding sponsor ConEdison.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6642

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5273bb24530ff.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Movie Night: A Christmas Story]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/brooklyn-movie-night-a-christmas-story http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/brooklyn-movie-night-a-christmas-story Date: December 5, 2013

Follow Ralphie on his quest to get the Red Ryder B.B. Gun in the winning, holiday classic A Christmas Story. Part of Brooklyn Movie Nights, the film is one of many free movies playing in recreation centers throughout the borough in November and December.

Open to members and non-members. Rated PG.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 972-2135

Location: Sunset Park Recreation Center (in Sunset Park)

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B087 Sunset Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.648, -74.0037 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Rockaway Beach Conceptual Plan Public Meeting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/rockaway-beach-conceptual-plan-public-meeting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/rockaway-beach-conceptual-plan-public-meeting Date: December 5, 2013

The Rockaway Beach Community Plan Public Meeting will build on previous community input to further develop and refine recommendations and priorities for the Rockaway conceptual plan. At the meeting, you will have the chance to review and comment on initial findings and talk with Parks, design consultants and other community members.

Please RSVP to Jonathan Matt by email at Jonathan.Matt@parks.nyc.gov or by phone (718) 520-5939 with your full name, organization and email address.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk),Knights of Columbus

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Q162 Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.5908, -73.768; 40.5887, -73.8153 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Annual Holiday Celebration of Lights]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/annual-holiday-celebration-of-lights http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/annual-holiday-celebration-of-lights Date: December 5, 2013

Everyone is invited to the annual Holiday Interfaith Celebration!

Tree lighting at 7 p.m. will be presided over by NYC Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro, with an after-party in the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center.

Enjoy a very special performance by BROTHER NUM + Friends! BROTHER NUM was the percussionist for Burning Spear and has performed with Roy Ayers, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Common, The Wailers, Third World, Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, George Clinton, India Arie and Toni Braxton.

Refreshments courtesy of neighborhood business partners: Barawine, Tonnie's Minis, Wild Olive Market, Wight Fox Catering and Al Vohn's Treats.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: 18 Mount Morris Park West (in Marcus Garvey Park)

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M058 Marcus Garvey Park 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.8045, -73.9437 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/05/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 5, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-05 2013-12-05 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 6, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

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Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 6, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 6, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-06 2013-12-06 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/wreath-interpretations Date: December 6, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 6, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/06/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 6, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-06 2013-12-06 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:37 EDT